For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I think we will all agree that to the believer, the Bible is the Word of God. Not only that it contains the Word of God, but that it IS the Word of God, and therefore we cannot take its pages lightly or without significance in our lives.
In my youth, the only version which I was aware of, was the Authorised Version, or the King James Version. It was there I formed and learned my favourite verses. To this day decades later, even though I will read a more modern translation, my thoughts still harbour the wording found in the KJV.
I only say this to confirm and agree that there are many, and a growing number of, versions available to us all so that we have no excuse that we can’t understand the old language of the Bible. That excuse is used by those who have no plans to open Scripture, and read it, anyway! But I digress.
My early days were of Godly men and women who not only read their Bible, but also carried it openly and publicly to every church service. There is a remnant generation, sadly dying off, who will still read and carry their Bible openly. Since money would be tight, their Bible was held as a scuffed treasure, loved and well marked in pencil and ink of favourite verses, and dog-eared with the constant turning to new passages. By contrast, due to the availability of many more modern and recent translations of the same truth, there is a younger generation who will not own or use a KJV Bible. In fact, they may even own more than one, perhaps several, copies of the Bible.
My questions are these:
- Do you think the Authorised Version remains the only, or best version to own?
- Do you think the more recent versions are as good and true as the AV?
- How many Bibles do you own?
- Do you carry your Bible to church?
I confess to being a contradiction, because as an older, more mature christian, I own several Bible versions from my first copy, right up to yet another version which is being delivered in the next day or so.
In conclusion, I would suggest that whether you own and prefer the older or newer versions of the Bible, the most important thing is that it is read!!